LAHORE - Despite the release of two doctors on bail, strike of medical practitioners in all the government hospitals entered into second day here on Saturday leaving behind hundreds of patients at the mercy of God. The doctors released include Senior Registrar of Services Hospital Dr Waseem Shafqat and owner of Meditest Laboratory Farrukh Raza. The doctors' spokesman claimed that release of doctors came after the intervention of Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif. As the strike continued, the outdoor departments of all the public hospitals remained closed. However, emergency departments continued functioning. Three protest demonstrations were staged at Services Hospital, Ganga Ram Hospital and Jinnah Hospital. Protestors holding up placards and banners raised slogans demanding the release of their colleagues. Police had arrested three doctors involved in administering unhealthy blood to one patient causing his instant death. They also took out protest rallies pressing the authority concerned to play its due role for the withdrawal of, what they said, fictitious cases and dropping of allegations levelled against the detained doctors. It is also learnt that a majority of the routine surgical procedures were postponed in the hospitals. In this strike, female doctors also played a vital role to express their sympathy with the community. Patients, both local and those coming from far-flung areas, faced great difficulties at Jinnah Hospital, Services Hospital, Mayo Hospital, Ganga Ram Hospital, Lahore General Hospital, Children Hospital and other hospitals being run by the city district government due to the strike and non-availability of doctors. A large number of patients were seen lying on the benches and floors waiting for doctors. Similarly, a good number of patients were also seen standing in queues waiting for their surgeries at operation theatres. Talking to The Nation, Zahid Javed, father of a minor at Paediatric OPD of Mayo Hospital said that his son was continuously vomiting but doctors were not attending him. Jannat Bibi, a patient at Mayo Hospital said, "I am a heart patient and waiting for checkup since morning but all doctors are on strike." Raza Bukhari, a resident of Mazang at OPD ward of Ganga Ram Hospital said that her husband was suffering from knee problem. I shifted him to the department but there is no doctor," she complained. It is further learnt the hospital patients especially those admitted in the emergency and Intensive Care Unit (ICU) remained unattended for hours due to doctors' absence. At Lady Wellingdon and Lady Atchison hospitals, a large number of patients suffered great difficulties and returned without getting treatment. Reportedly, many operations were also postponed when doctors refused to attend the patients till the release of their colleagues.